From left: General councillors of the FMDM Congregational Leadership Team, Srs Helena McEvilly and Monica Weedon, Archbishop William Goh, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, board chairman of Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mr Philip Tan and hospital CEO Lee Suen Ming.Archbishop William Goh blessed a new medical centre at Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) on Oct 20.

Medical Centre D, opened that day, is an eight-storey building which will provide “personalised” services for patients, said  hospital board chairman, Mr Philip Tan,  during an interview with CatholicNews after the blessing.

Previously, it used to be a carpark, said Mr Tan.

But now, the building is home to 50 medical clinics and an outpatient laboratory.

Archbishop William Goh blessing the new medical centre.

To provide better healthcare services to patients, these clinics,  which are run mostly by private doctors, will provide a range of services – cardiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, among others.

Moreover, there will be 35 beds in the new centre next year, said Mr Tan.

This is an addition to the current 303 beds the hospital has.

During a media conference that day, Mr Tan said that he hopes, “in time to come, we’ll be a 400-bed hospital”.

Mr Lee Suen Ming, CEO of MAH, added that the hospital needs to expand its services to cater to a growing ageing population.

The new Mount Alvernia Hospital Medical Centre D, which was officially opened on Oct 20.

The centre also has additional carpark space. Before the centre was erected, there were 230 lots. But now, it’s 370, said Ms Joyce See, senior marketing communications manager at MAH.Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who was guest-of-honour, unveiled the medical centre plaque.

The new centre, which was completed in April, costs $35 million, said Mr Tan.

By Lorna O’Hara
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